POLL PERIOD! Any bookworm/ book blogger (hard-core readers are the limit) here who hasn’t ever in his/her entire reading career tried a book solely due to hype? I sentence you to death for your dishonesty because let’s face it, it’s a culture.
Browse on your twitter feed and tell me you didn’t think of wanting your own copy of Passenger or Glass Sword. Tell me you didn’t just drain your wallet after blog-hopping on several Top 10 Tuesday post. I’m exaggerating but well, you, human, get the point, yeah?
While it isn’t an utterly bad thing to base your preference on the latest town talk, there can be pitfalls too. Let me start blabbering.
– The PROS –
(some) Books really do warrant the hype
Let’s admit some books with incredibly huge craze are certainly worth the hype. Readers didn’t just party for the birth of a bunch of crap. They can be reliable especially if it’s recommended by someone with a vast experience in reading.
Allow me to share a brief story. I read The Infernal Devices long before I was into blogging. Let me tell you that these kinds of books do not get the hard-core-HP-fans sort of audiences in my country and thus, I had no idea the rest of the world is raving about it. Even without the knowledge that this series is a celebrity, I found it fantastic that I started shoving it to everyone. My point is a reader doesn’t just rattle on how good a book is because others are doing it but because they found it to their liking and that they think it merits such honor.
You get a pass on the latest hot club
Person A: *posts a twit pic of Truthwitch*
Person B: *hits the tiny heart button on Person A’s post and tweets back* OMG! I love this book to bits! Gaah I can’t even…
Person A: Right??! Let’s hype it up some more!
Person C: Oh wow! Is it so good?
Person A & B: *squeals* JOIN THE CLUB!
Reading Susan Denard’s book or whatever’s currently shelved on the rave department is definitely your ticket to Hollywood. You can relate on what everyone’s gushing about and who they’re crushing on and why it’s a hit or a miss and whatnot.
In Mean Girls lingo, “That is so fetch!”
My description is sort of satirical but wait, let me point out the good that comes out of here. Reading a hyped up books – which many have read, duh! – is an opportunity to interface with other book devourers, revel in a gabfest, and maybe plant new friendship seedlings. If you’re a social butterfly, this is your window.
Your blog gets an insane amount of traffic
While getting a congested blog traffic isn’t everybody’s primary goal (to some, it is), don’t be naive and pronounce it’s not one of your objectives. Out of a couple of reasons, we blog because we wanted to be heard.
Posting your review on a book with an incredibly insane hype gets more comments, likes, views, retweets, etc. relative to one not popularly read. This happens too when you’re one of the firsts to write about a book that’s been awaited by many for so long. Yes, I’m talking about ARCs. Notice how people swarm your blog upon posting an ARC, one that many regrettably weren’t granted.
There’s nothing hateful about this concept personally. However, if you even go to the extent of filtering what you read to just the hyped-up ones, withdrawing all other factors you considered on book preferences prior, then someone better review his/her blogging objectives.
– The CONS –
You’re pressured to have the same perspective as them
There’s no mandated law or written requirement or whatever demanding you to like Celaena Sardothien as much as the others did but at some points, you feel compelled to, otherwise you don’t get the perks to Hollywood abovementioned.
Having an unpopular opinion towards a hyped-up book can be a massive struggle. While we are all entitled to our own opinions, your human portion tells you to be a bit gentle on your review out of respect for others who liked the book. I’m speaking in general, okay? Similarly, secretly loving a book you know loathed by the rest is complicated. When you see them “bad-mouthing” about it and ranting on extremely long paragraphs, you can’t cut in the conversation and insert your rebuttal.
All I’m saying is, to each his/her own… erm, supposedly.
You may have a colossal regret on squandered money
I have had my own fair shares of experiences of rushing to buy a particular book currently in vogue and on some of those times, I felt contrite for falling for the hype.
For many of us who splurge on books more than non-bookish people can ever comprehend, a piece or two of such regarded not worth the expense may be insignificant (for some). However, if you sum up all books bought meeting the same doom, you might have enough to pay for a college semester! Well, this isn’t to say all hyped-up books end up a similar fate but there could be at least a few on your entire reading career. Note that what’s appealing for Martha may not be for John.
You’re missing out on a lot of unpopular good books
On your book case, there are always these books that are shelved longer than the dawn of mankind. Guilty? We all are. They’ve been sitting there forever gathering the thickest heap of dust.
Because you are zeroed in on what’s on the mainstream, these books are plonked on the rear end of your TBR queue. There is/ may be a valid reason for hyped-up books to be put on a pedestal but there’s an even bigger number of good books outside that circle left undiscovered. Says the one who seldom leaves her YA comfort zone! But no seriously, I’m certain there are and they’re worth the spotlight too.
I have nothing against books with a ridiculous hype – in fact, I enjoyed scores of them too – but this 2016, I vowed not to base my preference on it exclusively.
… but I’m still reading Lady Midnight.
Like I said, to each his or her own so I’d like to hear your own thoughts on this:
- What do you think of hyped-up books?
- What are the popular books that hit or missed it for you?
- Do you base your preference on the craze?
Thank you for reading!